Safe Haven Medical Outreach Program based on the out-skirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia, is the amazing work of two, unsung heroes from the USA, Heather and Jess. Heather and Jess, on the smell of an oily rag, have taken on the forgotten and often hidden children of Cambodia. Safe Haven works with children with disabilities who unfortunately, yet thankfully are in no way 'marketable' to the mass of tourist who after indulging in the grandeur of Angkor Wat, want a 'feel good moment' with a supposable orphan sitting on their knee for a photograph. Safe Haven's child protection policies are actually so strict that even after visiting Safe Haven 3-times now I have actually never crossed paths with a child. When children's individual cases are discussed with me they are even given a different name so that there is no way that I could I identify them and track them down should my 'do-gooder' pull think I am above their policies and lead me astray to the possible detriment of the child's wellbeing.
Safe Haven provides an outreach to families who support a child with a disability in their own homes and villages, the best places for any child to be. Group therapy/physio sessions are run out of Safe Haven's main office space and provide a wonderful opportunity for carers/parents of these children to meet together, swap advice and to see that they are not alone in their journey or concerns of those who care for a child with a disability.
Safe Haven hires all Cambodian staff and send them for further training when talent is identified. They work around the clock to provide one-on-one support and empowerment to parents/carers who may have previously felt alone and lost in looking after their child's unknown/undiagnosed disability/illness.
Safe Haven Medical Outreach is a phenomenal not for profit organisation sitting quietly in the background of the other not for profits (and in my humble opinion, 'not so grand' not for profits) which have the budget to burn on advertising for your attention and $$'s.
I've been to Cambodia 5-times now and on each visit I am welcome to visit Safe Haven's office when there are no sessions happening with children here an update on how things are going and drop off some medical supplies, therapeutic toys and a handful of $$. I always leave so impressed by the staff's professionalism and passion for the children and families they work with. I can not recommend highly enough the work being done by Safe Haven Medical Outreach and have no hesitation in suggesting you spend any funds you are happy to part with to this organisation.